Friday, November 30, 2012

Abbie's Memorial Service

Our family is incredibly blessed, overwhelmed, and made speechless, by the outpouring of love, support, and generosity that has come during our time of loss and healing. I will dedicate a separate post to that later, after we have fully processed (and are organized enough to give proper gratitude for) all the amazing gestures, kindnesses, and gifts that have come our family's way.

This post is dedicated to share the details of the memorial service we have planned for Abbie. Any and all are welcome to attend, as we would like to give each one of you a hug to thank you for your thoughts, prayers, and kindness.

Her obituary is posted here.

We chose to hold an open memorial service for her, so that many who have been touched by her short life, can come and celebrate the eternal promise we have in Jesus, that she will live forever with Him in heaven and that we will be united with her again one day. Mother and father will get to hold daughter, and two sisters and a brother will be able to hug, hold hands, and play ring around the rosie until they collapse in giggles on the ground! I envision Abbie as being a blondie like our other two kids, and I can't wait to see all that blond sunshiny hair falling around the girls' faces as they laugh and lie down in the green grass to catch their breath!

Details are as follows:

Saturday, December 8th
Hosanna! Lutheran Church, 9600 163rd St. West, Lakeville, MN.
12:30pm - Public visitation
1:30pm - Service
2:30 pm - Light luncheon

The mission of the March of Dimes is near and dear to our family's heart, as Abbie was our second child born prematurely. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, we have opened a memorial account for Abbie at Merrill Lynch. Donations can be brought to the service or mailed to our home at 4639 Tamie Ave, Eagan, MN 55123.  We intend to use a sizable portion of this account for a donation to the March of Dimes ( The research this wonderful organization does is critical to reduce the incidence of prematurity worldwide. We still have a long journey ahead to work toward stronger, healthier babies!

Blessings to each of you - know that God's light and grace are shining down on you from above, with sweet Abbie in his arms.

With all our love and gratitude,
The Christenson Family

1 comment:

  1. Kristy & Lucas:

    My sincerest of condolences and healing thoughts for you both during this time. I have come to so enjoy the posts that you both publish on Facebook about your wonderful family, Isabel and Josiah and was so saddened by the recent news. It has been a pleasure seeing your family grow and yet, I know this time now is indescribably hard to bear.

    My thoughts are prayers are with you both as well as your family. While I realize it has been years since we last spoke and lives, careers and locations have moved swiftly during that time, please know that I pass my love.

    -Brian Slattery